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Obama confronts fears on health care

Original post made by Obama, another community, on Aug 9, 2009

Obama confronts fears on health care

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on Aug 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

President Obama warned Americans on Saturday not to believe "rumors" that the health reform initiative he is supporting will lead to a government-run health care system or push Medicare recipients to die rather than running up hefty tabs for medical services.

"Let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, or cut Medicaid, or bring about a government takeover of health care. That's simply not true," Obama said in his weekly address.

Obama's message was delivered against the backdrop of increasingly hostile debate concerning overhauling the nation's health care system.

From Connecticut to California last week, angry demonstrators opposed to Democratic health care proposals disrupted town hall meetings convened to discuss the topic, at times accusing lawmakers who favor Obama's plan of backing a "socialist agenda."

In his address, Obama was vague about who was behind what he suggested were organized efforts to demonize the White House-backed health reform plans. He suggested that the efforts were originating in the capital -- though the most dramatic resistance to his proposals has been taking place elsewhere.

"As we draw close to finalizing -- and passing -- real health insurance reform, the defenders of the status quo and political point-scorers in Washington are growing fiercer in their opposition," the president said. "In recent days and weeks, some have been using misleading information to defeat what they know is the best chance of reform we have ever had. That is why it is important, especially now, as senators and representatives head home and meet with their constituents, for you, the American people, to have all the facts."

In calls to lawmakers and at town hall meetings, opponents charge, among other things, that proposed legislation would force them to lose their own insurance even if they're satisfied with it, or require euthanasia for the elderly.

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